In the beginning it was just three Croydon locals Farouk Deen, Justin Owens and Mark Sarfo, who shared a goal to contribute to the development of Croydon as a destination for entertainment and culture.
From this simple objective Lost Format Society was born in 2015 as Croydon's first and only rooftop cinema and bar.
Farouk Deen, Co-Founder: “We were brought up here and understand Croydon’s heritage. We have been lucky enough to work with the local council in order to build this project and we’re excited to see progress already being made in the area. Lost Format Society is our way of contributing to the regeneration, to revitalise the area and strengthen the community.”
It means much more than that to the local community, where it serves as a champion for all the good activity and events to be found throughout the borough all year round. Supporting and showcasing local businesses and services and providing employment opportunities to local young adults.
Bringing us right to the present where our plans to return in May (2019) have been impacted by recent disastrous events. When not open and in use we store all our cinema and bar infrastructure at the Shurgard in Purley Way, Croydon. The entire warehouse was victim to a devastating fire on NYE and has resulted in losing every single bit of Lost Format Society equipment.
The list of equipment to replace is lengthy. Think about everything that you can imagine to transform a concrete rooftop to a garden oasis with a 150 seat cinema and bar event space for 500 people. There is absolutely nothing left.
Storing equipment in a purpose built and secure storage facility, we never envisaged that it would be subject to such an unforeseen event such as this. Whilst we held insurance, the cover taken out was insufficient to cover an unprecedented event which completely destroyed the storage facility and its entire contents. The cost to replace everything we have lost runs in to several tens of thousands of pounds and between the three of us we simply don’t have the resources available to cover this.
Despite this set back we are determined to not be beaten and bring back Lost Format Society for May 2019. To do this we need your help to raise sufficient funds to enable us to replace the equipment lost and to make Lost Format Society even bigger and better than ever before.
Given this recent event, as a community we are definitely in need of something to look forward to so we have decided that for this summer, we will be making all of our cinema screenings FREE for ALL
Thanks again for your support on this campaign
Mark, Justin & Farouk